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Tulsa police searching for prison escapee accused of kidnapping ex-girlfriend

Posted at 3:30 PM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 17:58:34-05

Police are searching for a man they say escaped from the Tulsa Transitional Center and allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend, according to the Tulsa Police Department.

Police say the victim has been found, but the suspect, identified as 53-year-old Darryl Sanders, remains at large.

Authorities were called Thursday morning after a 31-year-old woman ran into a business on East Apache Street seeking help, but Sanders allegedly pulled the victim out of the business by force, police said.

Sanders might be driving a charcoal gray Pontiac Grand Am with the Oklahoma license tag HK3-253, police said.

Officials described him as 5'11" and 200 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Sanders entered the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections on April 19, 2019, serving concurrent five-year Tulsa County sentences for grand larceny and possession of a controlled dangerous substance, according to an official with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Sanders was transferred from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite to the contract halfway house Tulsa Transitional Center on Aug. 22, 2019.

Sanders came up missing Tuesday, Jan. 28. He had 981 days remaining on his sentence, DOC officials said. Mr. Sanders signed out on an approved worksite itinerary around 5 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28. He was supposed to return to the facility after work by 5:30 p.m., but he never did. CoreCivic, which operates the halfway house, then alerted us that he was missing.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections agents and Tulsa police are actively searching for Sanders, officials said. Sanders is already facing a felony warrant of arrest for escape due to his actions on Jan. 28.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call police.

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